Farmers Markets Make Me Weep

Our Dust Bowl town has finally got its act together for a farmer’s market. The feed co-op near the railroad tracks will host anyone willing to show up with some sort of food product at 8 am on Saturday morning and pay $5 for a spot on the gravel parking lot. So I decided to stop by last week to see what the pickings were like. So did about 100 other middle-aged, overweight people with their their chihuahuas at 8:20 am. I am being completely serious!

The selection was not as luscious as the pic above. There were about 6 pick-up trucks all told. The one gentleman who was being mobbed by the near elderly was selling….tomatoes and eggplants. You would have thought it was post-war Germany with the way those people were shoving in to snap up those tomatoes. The other farmers had watermelon, cantaloupe, last year’s pecans, and yellow squash. I purchased one delicious cantaloupe and 2 baby yellow squash for $2.75.

I overheard one farmer chatting with another about his daughter also having a field of melons ready to go, and if’n the fellow with the pick-up would mind hauling them in for part of the cut.

Deals made, people fed.

Yeah, I cried on the way home. Dang it, I’m fogging up even now.

There is money to be made in fruits and veggies in SW Oklahoma. No pesticides, no fertilizers, bypass the semi trailers, and the box top stores.

You’ll know where I will be at 8 am sharp on Saturday morning.


2 Responses to “Farmers Markets Make Me Weep”

  1. 1 Dawn August 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Yeah, farmers markets are great. We found one here in our area (we think it’s run by illegal and they really over priced everything.
    We have a Whole Foods here and I can always get pesticide / organic veggies there probably a lot cheaper than what the farmers market wanted.

    I never knew a FM existed in Lawton…where do they have them at?

    Hope you and the hubby are well!
    God Bless,

  2. 2 Kristie August 8, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I am going to check out the OSU-OKC farmers market sometime, since they are open year-round. I went to the OKC farmers market a couple of times last year, and it was ok during the summer…but as soon as it started getting cooler, some of the food was near rotten looking! yuck! anyway, seems that there does need to be more people trying to grow stuff! I can’t wait to get a house with a yard…sigh.

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